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in wanting you all to give me a right kick up the butt to get my esssy done?

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sweetkitty Thu 29-Dec-16 18:54:14

I have an essay due the middle of January for uni course, haven't started it and most people on my course have finished it. I had a week off before Christmas sans DC and did nothing.

It's years since I wrote an essay I don't know where to begin, the course goes on about academic and critical writing and referencing and I feel all lost.

It's stressing me out so much I could cry I need a great big kick up the bum please

WhenTheDragonsCame Thu 29-Dec-16 18:58:15

Me too please!

I am 2500 words into a 4000 word essay that is due in on 4th January! I have spent many an hour sat in front of the laptop doing absolutely nothing uni related!

What is yours about?

greenfolder Thu 29-Dec-16 18:58:33

Just start writing is my advice. If its the first one you have done its the very start of you learning how to do it. I always kind of constructed my outline argument and then went and found the references to fit. Once you know where you are going and have an outline and structure you can bung your references into each section as you go.
But the most important thing is to sit down and start typing.

Elllicam Thu 29-Dec-16 18:59:42

Me too. I have 11,000 words to do by August and due to give birth at any time.

WhenTheDragonsCame Thu 29-Dec-16 19:00:57

Oh and my tip for referencing is start writing your reference list as you going putting it into alphabetical order. Doing it at the end takes far far too long and that is when I end up missing some or making mistakes.

NoDramaForTheLlama Thu 29-Dec-16 19:01:09

I've got three due in in the next three weeks.. I can't find the enthusiasm to do them though!

sweetkitty Thu 29-Dec-16 19:03:17

it's 4000 words on health and wellbeing.

I have a chronic pain condition that makes me very tired as well, not using that as an excuse though. just so unmotivated

TheTantrumCometh Thu 29-Dec-16 19:03:41

Google the Oxford referencing system for a breakdown on what you need to do. Perhaps double check your universities website just to double check that this is the standard one they use. It's basically a universal way of writing down your sources.

Then take it bit by bit. Don't sit down expecting to do it all in one go. Set aside an hour to jot down your ideas/main points. Then break it down into rough sections and factor in small breaks for yourself. It seems daunting but doing it in sections really helps

sweetkitty Thu 29-Dec-16 19:04:13

and another thing I bought this laptop at the start of my course but it is rubbish it keeps disconnecting from wifi so annoying.

WhenTheDragonsCame Thu 29-Dec-16 19:09:00

Are you doing Occupational Therapy sweetkitty?

GrapesAreMyJam Thu 29-Dec-16 19:09:24

I have an OU assignment due towards the end of January. I'm going to Mexico in 4 days. What can go wrong?

sweetkitty Thu 29-Dec-16 19:11:33

no teaching

TruJay Thu 29-Dec-16 19:11:45

Use refme for your bibliography. It's an online site and explains how to use it etc. Lifesaver for referencing.

I agree with pps just start writing or at the very least do some research. Best of luck.

TruJay Thu 29-Dec-16 19:12:30

www.refme.com/uk/

toomuchicecream Thu 29-Dec-16 19:16:59

1. If you are using Word to write your assignment, use the reference tool (5th tab from left on the top row). It's genius and saved me sooo much time.

2. Decide on a rough structure. So a 4000 word assignment could be 500 for the intro, 500 for the conclusion and then 1000 words for each of 3 main sections. Once you've broken it down like that it will seem far less daunting.

3. Just start writing! Any section, not necessarily the intro. Just get some words down so that you've made a start. In my experience, it's always easier to go back and edit something I wrote earlier than it is to start from a blank page.

4. Good luck. The sooner you start, the sooner you finish!!

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Thu 29-Dec-16 19:21:31

Here's a virtual kick up the butt from me! It's miserable isn't it? I have 5000 words to give in at the beginning of Feb but it all has to be ready to give in earlier than that as it has to be verified and other things. I find it so hard to study with DCs..

Totally agree that the key is to just start, or at least start doing the reading. PPs have given brilliant advice, particularly about doing references as you go along as greenfolder says. I used to leave them till last and it was horrific!

It's really important as TheTantrum said to check which referencing system you're meant to be using. Is there any guidance for the course or do you have a tutor you can email or speak to?

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Thu 29-Dec-16 19:23:02

Cross post. Really good advice toomuchicecream. I will investigate that reference tool in Word myself!

Hannahfftl Thu 29-Dec-16 19:25:01

I'm the same, 3500 due first week in Jan, finally started today and did 1500. Feel so much better knowing I've got going, so consider this your kick up the butt!

Kerberos Thu 29-Dec-16 19:30:59

Good luck all. I'm on an OU break so I'm free for a little while. I just wanted to echo a PPs recommendation of Word and it's built in referencing tool smile

Write a plan working out your structure. Don't get bogged down in the introduction. Write something brief then flesh it out when you've written the main body of the essay. That way the intro will logically lead into and reflect the content of the essay.

LostSight Thu 29-Dec-16 19:52:14

I always used to start with a series of bullet points of everything I thought might be relevant. Then I would sort them into some kind of order, e.g. most to least important, or if they relate to one another, then do it that way.

Once that's done, the essay no longer looks daunting. Reference as you go along, as others have said.

Just make a start. Commit to doing ten minutes. You may be surprised how much you can get done in that time. Good luck.

WhenTheDragonsCame Thu 29-Dec-16 19:55:15

It sounds like a similar essay to the first one I had to do last year.

If you use a reference tool make sure that you double check them at the end. The university I go to has it's own version of Harvard which is slightly different to the standard one.

chocolateworshipper Thu 29-Dec-16 19:59:07

Right.
You are going to do 30 minutes of planning. Mind mapping / spider diagram or whatever you find most useful. At the end of 30 minutes (it's not long) you may reward yourself with one of the following:
1. A hot bubble bath
2. A large glass of wine / other alcohol
3. A disgustingly massive piece of cake or chocolate

GO

sweetkitty Thu 29-Dec-16 20:18:40

I'll do 30 mins in a bit

I just can't seem to do it blush

CaoNiMerrilyOnHigh Thu 29-Dec-16 20:26:35

I'm here for some kicks up the bum too.

I've finished one of three assignments due mid-Jan. Stupidly, I did the shortest and easiest one first, so I'm feeling smug when I have absolutely no reason to!

I second the tip about doing references as you go along. It's murder otherwise.

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